Free Dictionary

Free Dictionary

Home ×
Link Link Link Link

Search Result for "ward": 
Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (7)

1. a person who is under the protection or in the custody of another;

2. a district into which a city or town is divided for the purpose of administration and elections;

3. block forming a division of a hospital (or a suite of rooms) shared by patients who need a similar kind of care;
- Example: "they put her in a 4-bed ward"
[syn: ward, hospital ward]

4. English economist and conservationist (1914-1981);
[syn: Ward, Barbara Ward, Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth]

5. English writer of novels who was an active opponent of the women's suffrage movement (1851-1920);
[syn: Ward, Mrs. Humphrey Ward, Mary Augusta Arnold Ward]

6. United States businessman who in 1872 established a successful mail-order business (1843-1913);
[syn: Ward, Montgomery Ward, Aaron Montgomery Ward]

7. a division of a prison (usually consisting of several cells);
[syn: cellblock, ward]


VERB (1)

1. watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect;
- Example: "guard my possessions while I'm away"
[syn: guard, ward]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

-ward \-ward\ (w[~e]rd), -wards \-wards\ (w[~e]rdz). [AS. -weard, -weardes; akin to OS. & OFries. -ward. OHG. -wert, G. -w[aum]rts, Icel. -ver[eth]r, Goth. -va['i]r[thorn]s, L. vertere to turn, versus toward, and E. worth to become. [root]143. See Worth. v. i., and cf. Verse. Adverbs ending in -wards (AS. -weardes) and some other adverbs, such as besides, betimes, since (OE. sithens). etc., were originally genitive forms used adverbially.] Suffixes denoting course or direction to; motion or tendency toward; as in backward, or backwards; toward, or towards, etc. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ward \Ward\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Warded; p. pr. & vb. n. Warding.] [OE. wardien, AS. weardian to keep, protect; akin to OS. ward?n to watch, take care, OFries. wardia, OHG. wart?n, G. warten to wait, wait on, attend to, Icel. var?a to guarantee defend, Sw. v[*a]rda to guard, to watch; cf. OF. warder, of German origin. See Ward, n., and cf. Award, Guard, Reward.] [1913 Webster] 1. To keep in safety; to watch; to guard; formerly, in a specific sense, to guard during the day time. [1913 Webster] Whose gates he found fast shut, no living wight To ward the same. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To defend; to protect. [1913 Webster] Tell him it was a hand that warded him From thousand dangers. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To defend by walls, fortifications, etc. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 4. To fend off; to repel; to turn aside, as anything mischievous that approaches; -- usually followed by off. [1913 Webster] Now wards a felling blow, now strikes again. --Daniel. [1913 Webster] The pointed javelin warded off his rage. --Addison. [1913 Webster] It instructs the scholar in the various methods of warding off the force of objections. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ward \Ward\, n. [AS. weard, fem., guard, weard, masc., keeper, guard; akin to OS. ward a watcher, warden, G. wart, OHG. wart, Icel. v["o]r[eth]r a warden, a watch, Goth. -wards in da['u]rawards a doorkeeper, and E. wary; cf. OF. warde guard, from the German. See Ware, a., Wary, and cf. Guard, Wraith.] 1. The act of guarding; watch; guard; guardianship; specifically, a guarding during the day. See the Note under Watch, n., 1. [1913 Webster] Still, when she slept, he kept both watch and ward. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. One who, or that which, guards; garrison; defender; protector; means of guarding; defense; protection. [1913 Webster] For the best ward of mine honor. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The assieged castle's ward Their steadfast stands did mightily maintain. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] For want of other ward, He lifted up his hand, his front to guard. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. The state of being under guard or guardianship; confinement under guard; the condition of a child under a guardian; custody. [1913 Webster] And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard. --Gen. xl. 3. [1913 Webster] I must attend his majesty's command, to whom I am now in ward. --Shak. [1913 Webster] It is also inconvenient, in Ireland, that the wards and marriages of gentlemen's children should be in the disposal of any of those lords. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 4. A guarding or defensive motion or position, as in fencing; guard. "Thou knowest my old ward; here I lay, and thus I bore my point." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. One who, or that which, is guarded. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) A minor or person under the care of a guardian; as, a ward in chancery. "You know our father's ward, the fair Monimia." --Otway. [1913 Webster] (b) A division of a county. [Eng. & Scot.] [1913 Webster] (c) A division, district, or quarter of a town or city. [1913 Webster] Throughout the trembling city placed a guard, Dealing an equal share to every ward. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] (d) A division of a forest. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] (e) A division of a hospital; as, a fever ward. [1913 Webster] 6. (a) A projecting ridge of metal in the interior of a lock, to prevent the use of any key which has not a corresponding notch for passing it. (b) A notch or slit in a key corresponding to a ridge in the lock which it fits; a ward notch. --Knight. [1913 Webster] The lock is made . . . more secure by attaching wards to the front, as well as to the back, plate of the lock, in which case the key must be furnished with corresponding notches. --Tomlinson. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] Ward penny (O. Eng. Law), money paid to the sheriff or castellan for watching and warding a castle. Ward staff, a constable's or watchman's staff. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ward \Ward\, v. i. 1. To be vigilant; to keep guard. [1913 Webster] 2. To act on the defensive with a weapon. [1913 Webster] She redoubling her blows drove the stranger to no other shift than to ward and go back. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

ward n 1: a person who is under the protection or in the custody of another 2: a district into which a city or town is divided for the purpose of administration and elections 3: block forming a division of a hospital (or a suite of rooms) shared by patients who need a similar kind of care; "they put her in a 4-bed ward" [syn: ward, hospital ward] 4: English economist and conservationist (1914-1981) [syn: Ward, Barbara Ward, Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth] 5: English writer of novels who was an active opponent of the women's suffrage movement (1851-1920) [syn: Ward, Mrs. Humphrey Ward, Mary Augusta Arnold Ward] 6: United States businessman who in 1872 established a successful mail-order business (1843-1913) [syn: Ward, Montgomery Ward, Aaron Montgomery Ward] 7: a division of a prison (usually consisting of several cells) [syn: cellblock, ward] v 1: watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect; "guard my possessions while I'm away" [syn: guard, ward]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

240 Moby Thesaurus words for "ward": Kreis, VA hospital, X ray, acropolis, administration, aegis, archbishopric, archdiocese, armament, armor, arrondissement, asylum, auspices, avert, avoidance reaction, bailiwick, balk, base hospital, bastion, beachhead, bishopric, block, blockhouse, blood bank, borough, bridgehead, bunker, canton, care, castle, charge, charity ward, check, citadel, city, client, clinic, close borough, commune, community hospital, congressional district, constablewick, consultation room, convalescent home, convalescent hospital, county, cure, custodianship, custody, defence, defense, defense in depth, defense mechanism, defenses, deflect, delivery room, departement, dependent, deter, deterrent capacity, diocese, dispensary, district, divert, donjon, duchy, ego defenses, election district, electoral district, electorate, emergency, encumbrance, escape mechanism, evacuation hospital, examining room, fasthold, fastness, fend, fever ward, field hospital, foil, forestall, fort, fortress, frustrate, garrison, garrison house, general hospital, gerrymander, gerrymandered district, governance, government, guard, guardianship, guarding, guidance, halt, hamlet, hands, hold, home, hospital, hospital room, hundred, infirmary, inpatient clinic, intensive care, interrupt, isolation, jurisdiction, keep, keeping, labor room, laboratory, lookout, magistracy, maison de sante, management, martello, martello tower, maternity ward, mental hospital, metropolis, metropolitan area, ministry, mote, motte, negative taxis, nursery, nursing home, oblast, obviate, okrug, operating room, osteopathic hospital, outpatient clinic, oversight, parish, parry, pastorage, pastorate, pastorship, patronage, peel, peel tower, pensionary, pensioner, pharmacy, picket, pillbox, pocket borough, policlinic, polyclinic, post, precinct, preclude, preventive custody, principality, prison ward, private hospital, private room, proprietary hospital, protection, protective custody, protectorship, protege, province, psychological defenses, public charge, public hospital, rath, recovery room, region, resistance, rest home, riding, rotten borough, rule out, safe district, safe hands, safeguard, safehold, safekeeping, sanatorium, security, self-defense, self-preservation, self-protection, semi-private room, sentinel, sentry, sheriffalty, sheriffwick, shield, shire, shrievalty, sick bay, sickbed, sickroom, silk-stocking district, single-member district, soke, special hospital, stake, state, station hospital, stave off, stay, stewardship, strong point, stronghold, stymie, surgery, surgical hospital, swing district, teaching hospital, territory, the defensive, therapy, thwart, tower, tower of strength, town, township, treatment room, trust, turn, turn aside, tutelage, veterans hospital, village, voluntary hospital, wapentake, wardenship, wardship, watch, watch and ward, watchman, well-baby clinic, wing
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Ward a prison (Gen. 40:3, 4); a watch-station (Isa. 21:8); a guard (Neh. 13:30).
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

WARD, domestic relations. An infant placed by authority of law under the care of a guardian. 2. While under the care of a guardian a ward can make no contract whatever binding upon him, except for necessaries. When the relation of guardian and ward ceases, the latter is entitled to have an account of the administration of his estate from the former. During the existence of this relation, the ward is under the subjection of his guardian, who stands in loco parentis.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

WARD, a district. Most cities are divided for various purposes into districts, each of which is called a ward.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

WARD, police. To watch in the day time, for the purpose of preventing violations of the law. 2. It is the duty of all police officers and constables to keep ward in their respective districts.
U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000):

Ward -- U.S. County in North Dakota Population (2000): 58795 Housing Units (2000): 25097 Land area (2000): 2012.883559 sq. miles (5213.344262 sq. km) Water area (2000): 43.363629 sq. miles (112.311278 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2056.247188 sq. miles (5325.655540 sq. km) Located within: North Dakota (ND), FIPS 38 Location: 48.255894 N, 101.488391 W Headwords: Ward Ward, ND Ward County Ward County, ND
U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000):

Ward -- U.S. County in Texas Population (2000): 10909 Housing Units (2000): 4832 Land area (2000): 835.492247 sq. miles (2163.914893 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.252109 sq. miles (0.652960 sq. km) Total area (2000): 835.744356 sq. miles (2164.567853 sq. km) Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48 Location: 31.517740 N, 103.016977 W Headwords: Ward Ward, TX Ward County Ward County, TX
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Ward, AR -- U.S. city in Arkansas Population (2000): 2580 Housing Units (2000): 1075 Land area (2000): 3.894989 sq. miles (10.087974 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 3.894989 sq. miles (10.087974 sq. km) FIPS code: 73130 Located within: Arkansas (AR), FIPS 05 Location: 35.019996 N, 91.954987 W ZIP Codes (1990): 72176 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Ward, AR Ward
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Ward, CO -- U.S. town in Colorado Population (2000): 169 Housing Units (2000): 82 Land area (2000): 0.569241 sq. miles (1.474328 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.569241 sq. miles (1.474328 sq. km) FIPS code: 82735 Located within: Colorado (CO), FIPS 08 Location: 40.072347 N, 105.510131 W ZIP Codes (1990): 80481 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Ward, CO Ward
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Ward, SC -- U.S. town in South Carolina Population (2000): 110 Housing Units (2000): 62 Land area (2000): 0.778374 sq. miles (2.015980 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.778374 sq. miles (2.015980 sq. km) FIPS code: 74590 Located within: South Carolina (SC), FIPS 45 Location: 33.857891 N, 81.732286 W ZIP Codes (1990): 29166 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Ward, SC Ward
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Ward, SD -- U.S. town in South Dakota Population (2000): 41 Housing Units (2000): 22 Land area (2000): 0.284691 sq. miles (0.737345 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.284691 sq. miles (0.737345 sq. km) FIPS code: 68660 Located within: South Dakota (SD), FIPS 46 Location: 44.154239 N, 96.461131 W ZIP Codes (1990): 57074 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Ward, SD Ward